Swissolar considers growth rate of Swiss PV market to be sufficient
Post date: 21/07/2022 - 16:30
According to the »Solar Energy Statistics« published by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (Bundesamt für Energie, BFE), photovoltaic systems with a total capacity of 683 megawatts (MW) were newly installed in Switzerland in 2021. This is the highest figure achieved to date, and in relation to the size of the population, the addition was thus ten to 15 percent higher than in Germany, the largest national photovoltaic market in Europe in absolute terms in 2021. Compared to the previous year, the Swiss PV market grew by 43 percent.
The total installed PV capacity thus amounted to 3.655 gigawatts (GW) at the end of last year, which corresponds to about 425 watts per capita (Germany: about 710 watts). Solar power accounted for 4.9 percent of electricity consumption (Germany: 9.1 percent). With an average of only 25.3 kilowatts per newly installed system, the country’s PV market still has a small-scale structure by international standards.
In a statement on the Solar Energy Statistics, Swissolar, the Swiss trade association for solar energy, warns that structural improvements for solar must be implemented and that »bottlenecks in personnel and materials« are hampering the market. The annual addition of new capacity would have to increase to around two GW in order to achieve the target proclaimed by Swissolar of annual solar power production of 45 terawatt hours, or half of the expected national electricity consumption in 2050. At the current rate of market growth, however, this is achievable: »If the current market growth continues, the targets set by Swissolar are attainable.«